Monday, September 30, 2019

"The Tenth Girl"

Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles.

After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.

Faring applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, The Tenth Girl, and reported the following:
This page opens on the eerie serenity of the remote Patagonian cliff of the infamous Vaccaro School. Mavi, a young teacher from smoggy Buenos Aires, delights in the fact that there's "No, CAFE HERE! No, public restroom, its walls of tiles begging to be defiled by an angsty teen. No empanada stands touting peso meat pockets. No gift shops full of miniaturized, seizure-inducing junk. I peek through the shuttered window of an unused cottage and find the interior dark, its contents impossible to see. But the glass itself is spotless. This mountain seems to exist inside some sort of time-exempt vacuum, in which dirt and dust and droppings and dew cannot accrue."

Her classroom cottage is chilling perfection: plucked from a dream and fully stocked. She can't know just how deep of a gothic spiral she's entered, but she feels the thrum of its wrongness in her bones: the house insists on that.

The page closes by hinting at the sticky hot core of the book, so I think it does indeed pass the page 69 test.

"Is this our moment?" Mavi asks, of the strange woman who knocks on the door of her cottage. The woman offers a sad little smile.
Visit Sara Faring's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Tenth Girl.

--Marshal Zeringue